Clayton Utz announces 1 January 2018 partner appointments

08 Dec 2017

Sydney, 8 December 2017: Clayton Utz is pleased to announce the promotion of five senior lawyers to the partnership, effective 1 January 2018.

They are:


Amber Agustin

Amber Agustin, Tax, Melbourne

Amber joined Clayton Utz in 2005 and has built a reputation as a formidable tax disputes lawyer. Amber acts for major multinationals, ASX-listed companies and privately-held groups, providing strategic advice on the regulatory, investigative, administrative, litigation and commercial contexts of the tax system. Amber is also experienced in matters involving multi-agency investigations, ATO access visits (raids), statutory notices and challenging ATO decisions, as well as R&D tax matters, tax agent disciplinary matters and tax professional negligence claims.

Andrew Fry

Andrew Fry, Major Projects & Construction, Melbourne

Andy is a specialist construction and projects lawyer who is passionate about driving innovation in the delivery of legal services. Andy is respected by clients for his commercial acumen and ability to deliver unique solutions to the complex issues that arise in procuring and delivering major infrastructure projects.

Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy, Real Estate, Melbourne

Alison joined the Clayton Utz Real Estate team in Melbourne in 2004 and is valued by clients for her ability to provide clear insight into complex commercial arrangements. Her practice spans a broad range of property-related matters, from project development and structuring, including property joint ventures and development agreements, through to property acquisitions and disposals, leasing and general property advisory work.

Jessica Morath

Jessica Morath, Pro Bono, Sydney

Jessica joined Clayton Utz in 2001 and has co-ordinated the Pro Bono practice alongside David Hillard since 2009. She is a passionate advocate for access to justice and acts for low-income and disadvantaged clients who cannot obtain Legal Aid, specialising in victims' compensation, employment, discrimination and dispute resolution. As the firm's second pro bono partner, Jessica will continue to be a strong advocate for best practice pro bono at Clayton Utz and in the wider legal profession.

Elizabeth Richmond

Elizabeth Richmond, Competition, Sydney

Elizabeth is a specialist in competition and consumer protection law. Her practice includes advising clients from a broad range of industries on enforcement and competition litigation and investigations, merger clearances and ongoing strategic and operational advisory work.  Elizabeth also has a keen interest in multijurisdictional matters and in particular, multijurisdictional investigations.

Clayton Utz Chief Executive Partner Rob Cutler congratulated Amber, Andy, Alison, Jess and Elizabeth on their appointments. "They are exceptional lawyers who are highly respected by our clients and who continue to make an outstanding contribution to Clayton Utz."

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